Anne of a Thousand Days


I don’t know about other writers, but there are stories in my head I really do not want to tell for various reasons.  One of them is set in Tudor England.  Part of my problem with it is that time period has been done to death, largely because it was so well recorded.  How can my twist on it ever make an impact?  Did you know Anne Boleyn still has a fan base five hundred years after her death?  Look it up.

Did you know Genevieve Bujold was the first choice to play Captain Janeway on Star Trek Voyager?  Well, I am Trekkie, so I know these things.  Watch Anne of a Thousand Days and you’ll see what a beauty she was in her youth.  Wow.

In fact, I’m such a fan of Tudor England that I can’t watch any film portrayal of Anne Boleyn than Natalie Dormer in The Tudors.


No matter how much I love Philippa Gregory’s work.  This is Anne’s sister, Mary, by the way, as portrayed by the amazing actress, Scarlett Johansson.


Oh, well, I do have a bunch of stories stacked up like pancakes that need my attention before I ever get to An American Elf in Tudor England anyway.

Watch old Historical Fiction films.  Visit museums.  Pop over to the History Channel’s website.  😉



Sorry, I’m late!  Migraine.  Today is my turn for this Book Blitz and I get to Guest Post too.


The audiobook is narrated by Allan Corduner. He’s narrated multiple books, one of them being The Book Thief and he does the voice of Severus Snape in the Harry Potter videogames.

You can find the Blitz schedule as well as a chance to enter the raffle by clicking on this link-

The prizes you can win:
– 2 audiobook copies of Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy
– 2 amazon gift cards of 15$


Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy (Amanda Lester, Detective #1)
Written by Paula Berinstein
Narrated by Allan Corduner
Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
Genre: Mystery/ Detective
Age category: Middle Grade
Release Date Audiobook: September 27, 2016

A reluctant detective, a criminal mastermind, and sugar?

Amanda Lester wouldn’t be caught dead going into the family business. Her ancestor, Sherlock Holmes’s colleague Inspector G. Lestrade, is a twit. Nevertheless her parents refuse to see his flaws, and she’s going to a secret English school for the descendants of famous detectives whether she likes it or not.

When Amanda arrives at the dreaded school, she considers running away – until she and her new friends discover blood and weird pink substances in odd places. At first they’re not sure whether these oddities mean anything, but when Amanda’s father disappears and the cook is found dead with her head in a bag of sugar, they’re certain that crimes are taking place.

Now Amanda must embrace her destiny and uncover the truth. The only snag is that arch-villain Blixus Moriarty, a descendant of Holmes’s nemesis Professor James Moriarty, might be involved, and he doesn’t like nosy little girls interfering in his business.

So You Want to Make an Audiobook, Post 7: The Audiobook as Art

The Amanda Lester, Detective Odyssey with Paula Berinstein


As a result of my project, I have discovered that listening rather than reading allows you to experience a book in an entirely different way. How something is said is so important. A line you might interpret as angry or whiny when you read can come across as mellow, tongue in cheek, or dry when said aloud. A crisis can be magnified or played down. You might hear things you never realized were there. It’s amazing.


But from an author’s standpoint there’s more. When I heard Allan read my book something happened that changed the way I write. I realized I had inadvertently written the book in a way that sounded good when read aloud. I hadn’t meant to but somehow it turned out that way. Perhaps it’s because I hear my text in my head and automatically adjust the words so they flow well—I don’t know. But that got me thinking: what if my other books weren’t so audio friendly.


As we were winding up the audiobook I just happened to be making a final pass through Amanda Lester and The Red Spider Rumpus, the fifth title in the Amanda Lester, Detective series, and with Allan’s voice fresh in my mind I looked at that text in a whole new way. I imagined Allan reading the words and realized that some passages didn’t work. They were rhythmically wrong.


There was no way I was going to let them stand so I sharpened my pencil (I was editing a physical proof at that point) and nudged that puppy into shape. Sometimes I had to read the words aloud to make sure they worked. That isn’t something I would have done before, but I will now.


When you think about it, creating an audio version of a book is a lot like producing a play. Different directors interpret a text in their own ways. One director’s interpretation of Richard III (which was set in Nazi Germany when I saw it with Ian McKellen in the lead) will differ from another’s. One version of a movie is different from another. It’s up to the actors and the director to bring their vision to life. And that’s just what happened with my audiobook.


The way Allan reads the story is different from what’s in my head. I don’t just mean that my Editta is English rather than Scottish. It’s that he sees story and character in a whole other light—a light that illuminates the text in ways I never could imagine. And that’s the real beauty of an audiobook: you get to experience your creation as someone else does. What could be better than that?


You can find Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy on Goodreads

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About the Author:
Paula Berinstein is nothing like Amanda. For one thing, she’s crazy about Sherlock Holmes. For another, she’s never wanted to be a filmmaker. In addition, compared to Amanda she’s a big chicken! And she wouldn’t mind going to a secret school at all. In fact, she’s hoping that some day she’ll get to build one.

You can find and contact Paula here:
Paula’s blog on Goodreads
The Writing Show podcasts

Thanks for hopping in!


Christmas Books



Longing for an old-fashioned Christmas?  Here’s some Western and Historical Western Romances to warm you up.  😉






There’s actually a bunch at Love Inspired Historical, but here’s one-


Yep, Harlequin knows some of us are just suckers for Christmas Romance!  They got a bunch at Special Edition too.  Here’s a cowboy one, since that’s kinda my thing on Thursdays.





Now, here’s one from the line they actually call Western Romance.






Cowboys are kind of a big deal at this publisher.  Maybe I should go see if they’re all that at some others too.  Ya think?  Goes without saying, there’s a bunch at regular Love Inspired too.


I do have one Christmas story tucked away in my imagination.  It’s not a Western one though.  Wouldn’t take much to get me going on that jolly holiday, maybe one set at the Winterborn Ranch from Angel & the Cityboy.  Must ponder.  😉



Been trying to get the Christmas tree up at my house, by 1116-9780373719891-bigwthe way.  My family seems to think it’s too early.  What’s with that?

Cover Art

I’m working on my Indie Pub cover art and I know it’s essential to have something eye-catching, especially on Twitter.


I love cover art so much I Retweet the great ones all the time and feature the best right here on Saturdays.  I think most people on Twitter scroll right past Tweets unless they encounter a great image.


This book’s title is Village of Jodicus.

My Indie Pub’s are Urban Fantasy, though most of it takes place in rural or small town settings.  It’s part Contemporary, part Fantasy.  The Heroine grows up believing she’s human and finds out in high school that she is half Elf.  So, the cover art needs to be half realistic and have fantasy.


I’m hoping to post the cover art for The Finding of the Ice Princess this Friday, along with Chapter Three.


These other covers are just beautiful ones from other people’s books, of course.

Retro Lives: Emma Watson


Most people know her as Hermione Granger, but she’s built a wonderful life for herself since Harry Potter.

The words ‘retro’ and ‘vintage’ are often used synonymously.  In fact, ‘retro’ means to mimic the past while ‘vintage’ means something which originated in the past.

I say Emma Watson lives a retro life because of her good manners, fashion sense, and charitable work.  Additionally, she champions women’s rights around the world.

Good people can be found everywhere.  Told ya so. 😉